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2/3 GOAT

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2/3 Goat (pronounced: Two-Thirds Goat) is a champion of Metrobilly music in New York City. Fronted by lead singers Annalyse McCoy and Ryan Dunn, the band's melding of alt-country, bluesy bluegrass and classic rock echo the core
members' diverse roots. Their album Stream of Conscience and their music video of the title track have gained them recognition and features from outlets such as The Huffington Post, AOL Music Homepage, and New York Music
Daily.
www.twothirdsgoat.com
Performing: Friday, August 30, 2013 – South Plaza – 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013 – South Plaza – 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

AARON LAVIGNE

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Aaron LaVigne is a singer/songwriter/ actor based out of New York City. The vocal stylings of Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, and Paul McCartney meet the rhythms of Sublime, Bill Withers, and Jack Johnson best describes his sound. Aaron is currently performing in Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. He was also recently seen onstage in the revival of the hit musical RENT Off-Broadway. Aaron's upcoming EP, 'Call Your Mom,' is set to drop in the fall of 2013. His first LP, The DownTown Crowd, is available on iTunes.
 
As a soloist, Aaron won $10K at famecast.com for the Season 4 Singer/Songwriter Contest with his track "Detroit Song." His band, The DownTown Crowd, have played to acclaim in such NYC venues including Knitting Factory, Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, National Underground, and Rockwood Music Hall to name a few. When not working on Broadway, Aaron and his band are fortunate to perform nationally from coffee shops and clubs to concert halls and casinos throughout The United States.
www.aaronlavigne.com
Performing: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – South Plaza – 5:00 PM – 7:00
PM
Monday, September 2, 2013 – South Plaza – 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

ASTORIA BOULEVARD

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Astoria Boulevard is a folk/pop group based in Queens. Their feel good sound has garnered them praise in The Wall Street Journal, on NPR, and various other media outlets. Astoria Boulevard first gained national attention when they were named semi-finalists for the FreeCreditScore.com Band Search and since then, they have played live concerts throughout NYC and around the world. The band was recently named one of the "Hot 100 Unsigned Bands" and their debut album, This Is Astoria Boulevard, has become a favorite of indie music lovers. Dave Rubinowitz of NightLife Exchange wrote, This Is Astoria Boulevard is the best folk-rock album since the glory days of the genre." Astoria Boulevard is thrilled to be back playing the US Open. For more information and upcoming dates, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/astoriaboulevard.
Performing: Friday, August 30, 2013 – South Plaza – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Monday, September 2, 2013 – South Plaza 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

BIANCHI MUSICA

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Known for their urban, romantic approach to chamber repertoire, Bianchi Musica quintet has performed events for Tiffany & Co., Martha Stewart and Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone Magazine. Bianchi Musica has a diverse stock of music to choose from. With a selection of classical to modern pop music, Bianchi Musica, brings beautiful, fresh music to each event they play.
www.bianchimusica.com
Performing: Saturday, August 31, 2013 – President’s Gate – 1:30 PM – 4:30
PM
Sunday, September 8, 2013 – President’s Gate – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

CELEBRATION STRINGS

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This ain’t your grandmother’s string band! Celebration Strings bridges the gap between classical, rock, pop, funk and hip hop music. Performing on electric and acoustic violins, viola, and cello, this group has toured around the world. Its members have performed with artists like Kanye West, Moby, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Rihanna and Sheryl Crow among others. With a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Led Zeppelin and Lady Gaga, Celebration Strings is dedicated to smashing perceptions of how a string group should sound and dazzling you with their innovative virtuosity.
www.centerstageorchestras.com
Performing: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – South Plaza – 4:00 PM – 7:00
PM
Monday, September 9, 2013 – South Plaza – 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

DANCE STYLEZ

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With the passion to create fun, exciting, and memorable events around the world Dance Stylez Entertainment is highly recognized as one of the nation’s premier performance providers of professional live dance and DJ entertainment.
Dance Stylez Entertainment's eclectic talent consists of experienced DJs, MCs, national and international award-winning break dance b-boys and b-girls, live band members, graffiti artists, party motivational dancers, poppers, hip hop dancers, choreographers, specialty artists, and unique entertainers. Dance Stylez Entertainment has performed for a range of clients from The New York Giants, Run DMC and MTV to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and super sweet 16's.
www.dancestylezent.com
Performing: Saturday, August 31, 2013 – South Plaza – 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – South Plaza 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

KIRSTEN AGRESTA-COPELY

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Kirsten Agresta is an internationally renowned harpist, commanding a wide range of genres from classical to hip-hop. She has soloed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in major concert halls throughout the US, Europe, South America, South Pacific, and Japan. Her top international and national prizes and honors include the Bronze Medal in the prestigious 1989 USA
International Harp Competition. Following a feature in People Magazine, she was presented in segments on NBC, CBS, and ABC-TV and later appeared on MTV, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, The Early Show, and the Today Show.

In Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and the outdoor concert venues of Live8 and Lollapalooza, Kirsten has played alongside artists such as: Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Nas, Enya, Adam Levine, John Legend, and The Roots. She had the privilege of performing with Beyoncé for President and Mrs. Obama at the second official White House State Dinner, honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderón. She is featured on Erykah Badu's album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, electronica producer/artist Bonobo’s album The North Borders, and in
the live DVD Beyoncé Live from Roseland: Elements of 4. Kirsten can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Tempest, and Sex and the City 2.
www.kirstenagresta.com
Performing: Monday, August 26, 2013 – President’s Gate – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – President’s Gate – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Monday, September 9, 2013 – President’s Gate – 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

MIXTAPE

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MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters is Cover Band 2.0. Set out to evolve a stagnant industry, they offer a fresh and fetching approach to rocking parties in every way; from the way they engage with audiences, to their look, and most importantly to the songs they play. Actively not your parents' wedding band, MIXTAPE is a disco-free zone with a mantra of "No to the Bee Gees, Yes to the Black Keys!" The band's infinite repertoire spans from modern indie darlings like Phoenix, MGMT, Arcade Fire and Beck, to classic and glam rockers like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, AC/DC, and Queen. From’80s and New Wave gems like Devo, The Cure, Talking Heads and The Clash, to ’90s and grunge favorites like Weezer, Nirvana, The Pixies and Pavement to those special pop hits that we all can agree are awesome like Paul Simon, Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder and, of course, Michael Jackson.
 
On the scene since just 2011, the band already has earned "Best of the Knot 2013" in Manhattan, feature blogs for Huffington Post Weddings, has been mentioned in BRIDES, and has played some of the most stunning and prestigious venues such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Osborn Castle and Cipriani Wall Street, as well as the hippest and Brooklyn-est venues around like the Green Building, Brooklyn Winery and the Bell House.
www.MIXTAPEcoverband.com
Performing: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – South Plaza – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – South Plaza – 4:00 PM – 7:00

NICK MORAN

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New York City artist Nick Moran "delivers a breath of fresh air to the music scene with a mix of old school blues/funk sounds mixed with his soulful/crisp vocals," writes Taylor Van Zant of unnomdeguerre.com. Inspired by legends like Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and James Brown, Moran funnels these influences into his own brand of playful, upbeat blues and funk. His debut album Who We Are is currently available on iTunes. Monica Davies of athousandguitars.com writes, "When you listen to Nick Moran’s debut single, Who We Are it’s hard to believe that it’s only his debut and that he’s not yet commanding the adoration of tens of thousands. Because he sings his jazzy pop songs with such surety and command that it effectively stamps out all the unsurety you might have when approaching a new artist….It reminds me in one sentence, of butterflies fluttering in Central Park on a summer afternoon".
A free song download is available at his website below.
www.HeyNICKMORAN.com
Performing: Thursday, August 29, 2013 – South Plaza – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 5, 2013 – South Plaza – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

THE RHYTHM DOGS

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The Rhythm Dogs, New York's City's premier dance band, specialize in Motown, Soul, Swing, Rock, Reggae, and Contemporary Dance Music. Cofounded by Joe Damone and Peter Brown, the band is comprised of well established
musicians. Artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Janet Jackson have tapped the talents of this grooving outfit.

The Rhythm Dogs originated in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. There they performed at the most renowned and legendary clubs in the area, from CBGB’s to The Café Wha. It was while playing on this circuit that Ahmet Ertegün discovered The Rhythm Dogs. They soon found themselves signed to Empire Entertainment and performing at events nationwide. Their performances took them from the Hudson Theater in New York, to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. With an extraordinary level of musicianship, and a long history of success, The Rhythm Dogs satisfy audiences from coast to coast.
www.therhythmdogs.com
Performing: Monday, August 26, 2013 – South Plaza – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – South Plaza – 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Friday, September 6, 2013 – South Plaza – 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

TREBLE

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A leader within the growing musical movement of a cappella, Treble has mastered the art of covering tunes - pop, rock and more - with unique vocal arrangements that entertain audiences without any instrumental accompaniment. Founded in 1996, Treble is New York City’s longest running contemporary a cappella group and its all-female members hail from some of the best collegiate a cappella groups across the nation.
www.treblenyc.com
Performing: Saturday, August 31, 2013 – South Plaza – 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sunday, September 8, 2013 – South Plaza – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM